I'd seen recent postings of this here and when it landed in front of me...well, Not a SB Elfin, but...a new species. Is "Beautiful Fly" an oxymoron?
Hard to step away from these mesmerizing mounds...
It was COVERED in Lichens with leaves just budding out. Beautiful!
I love how the light here caught some weird refraction. Cool bird strike...
Only blue flitting about. Too early for Mission Blue flight.
Close...but not the one I came to see...
TomV took this photo
TomV took this photo. Huge jowels! On cliff overlooking the ocean
produced a "defensive froth of mucus"
in a small, muddy pond
2nd picture is a close up a a dead one.
On monterey cypress, the only one I spotted. There was a surprising lack of lichens on these trees and in the area (apart from crustose lichens. Didn't see any niebla sp.).
TomV took this picture... but he is slow in posting....
on cliff overlooking the ocean
Xysticus montanensis crab spider (Thomisidae), adult female beat from pine cone and collected, Sign Hill Park, South San Francisco, San Mateo County, California - 28 February 2015. Additional images here: bugguide.net/node/view/1043504/bgimage
Dichrooscytus sp. plant bug (Miridae), beat from cypress-like conifer, photographed and released, Sign Hill Park, South San Francisco, San Mateo County, California - 28 Feb 2015. Thanks to WonGun Kim and Bug Guide for the ID: http://bugguide.net/node/view/1043448#1846263